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Bachelor's Degree Programs

Saarland University offers various undergraduate study programs in computer science. Depending on their interests, students can choose between computer science, bioinformatics, media informatics, and cybersecurity. In Saarbrücken there is also the Bachelor of Computational Linguistics program. Here students learn, among other things, to teach computers human language. In addition, the Saarland Informatics Campus offers the “Embedded Systems” study program, which teaches fundamentals relevant for the control of technical systems.

Computer Science

Computer science investigates how to systematically solve problems with the help of a computer. The bachelor’s degree program first offers a broad overview of mathematical fundamentals, as well as foundational areas in Computer Science, in order to provide a solid basis for a variety of possible specializations later on.

Registration

The computer science bachelor’s degree program does not have enrollment restrictions. Enrollment of students from Germany takes place directly at the Saarland University Office of Student Affairs. The courses of this study program are given in German for the first four semesters. From the fifth semester onwards, they are held mainly in English.

General Information

The six-semester bachelor’s program in computer science (Bachelor of Science) includes:

  • – Lectures with exercises on the following fundamental topics of computer science: Programming 1 and 2, System Architecture, Information Systems, Theoretical Computer Science, Concurrent Programming, Principles of Algorithms and Datastructures
  • – Lectures with exercises on the mathematical foundations
  • – Additional elective lectures on computer science
  • – A software practicum in which a complex software product is created as part of a team
  • – A proseminar and a seminar in which research results are presented and discussed
  • – Courses for a minor such as Mathematics, Computer Linguistics or Systems Engineering
  • – A bachelor’s thesis

With the bachelor’s degree, you will be able to earn your first professional qualification after six semesters, which provides opportunities for responsible and challenging work in the industry.

Answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the bachelor’s degree in computer science can be found in our short Study Guide. The legal framework for the study program is available for download in the bachelor’s study regulations (pdf) and in the examination regulations (pdf). You can also read about each of the individual courses of the bachelor’s degree in the course descriptions.

How it Works

The course of study is divided into one-semester courses: lectures, exercises, practica and seminars. Each of the courses has a weight specifed in credit points. These credits describe the actual workload required for a course; a total of 30 credits must be completed per semester. Credit points are standardized across Europe within the framework of the European Credit Transfer System, facilitating the recognition and transfer of study and examination achievements at foreign universities, for example for a semester abroad. The bachelor’s program includes 180 credits (about 94 weekly semester hours and a final thesis). Up to 6 non-graded points can be brought in from language courses.

Every course concludes with a performance assessment – usually a written exam. These performance checks accompany the course of study throughout and when successfully passed, make up the qualifications for the bachelor’s degree. The overall final grade for your degree is the weighted average of these graded examination results. A successful course of study requires not only abstraction skills or mathematical and technical understanding. You also need social skills for project teamwork and the presentation of your results.

The bachelor’s program offers individual possibilities for specialization according to your personal interests. All courses are scheduled in such a way that you can also successfully complete a special Honors Program much more quickly than in the regular bachelor’s degree study period, possibly even after 5 semesters. The prerequisite for this program is special talent and excellent performance.

Dr. Tanja Breinig
Study Coordination
+49 681 302 58092
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 3, R. 209,
66123 Saarbrücken

Bioinformatics

The bachelor’s degree program in bioinformatics is closely connected to the field of computer science. Nearly all of the core competencies in bioinformatics, such as biology, biochemistry, pharmacy and computer science, are concentrated on the campus.

Registration

The program is subject to (local) admission restrictions.

General Information

Bioinformatics develops algorithms and software that make it possible to simulate biochemical processes and analyze molecular biological data.

The publication of the sequence of the human genome in February 2001 is considered a major milestone in the history of research; the resonance in the media was correspondingly great. Bioinformatics had the largest share in this scientific result. However, far greater challenges lie ahead of us: the genes must be found and examined for their function in order to finally understand the interaction of the genes and, on this basis, to enable the development of new drugs. These tasks are many times more complex than assembling the DNA sequence. Bioinformatics makes crucial contributions to solving these challenges.

Bioinformatics also contributes significantly to the development of new drugs: Large drug databases are searched (screening, docking) for suitable candidates which are effective, have as few unwanted side effects as possible and are also able to reach the target site in the body (overcoming biological barriers). The optimization of known therapies is supported by methods of bioinformatics: By comparing entire genomes of different individuals, differences (SNPs) can be found, which allow an individualization of therapies.

Curriculum

The standard period of study is six semesters of full-time study, or up to nine semesters part-time. Upon request, part of the study program can be completed part-time – up to a maximum of eight semesters. The semester during which the bachelor’s thesis is prepared must be completed full-time.

The accredited bachelor’s program in bioinformatics imparts a basic scientific qualification in bioinformatics as well as foundational knowledge of life sciences and computer science. Graduates of this program should be able to understand problems and questions of bioinformatics and their applications, to mathematically model them, and to apply scientific methods and insights of computer science to these problems.

The academic degree “Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)” is awarded; it can be acquired in two different specializations:

1. “Methodological Bioinformatics” (CMB – Computational Molecular Biology) or
2. “Applied Bioinformatics” (BI – Bioinformatics).

Karin Jostock
Secretary and Examination Office, Center for Bioinformatics
+49 681 302 64702
Saarland Informatics Campus E2 1, R. 408,
66123 Saarbrücken

Business Informatics

As an interdisciplinary subject, business informatics is the interface between business administration and computer science, and thus offers a wide range of academic and professional specialization opportunities.

Registration

The Business Information Systems degree program is currently not subject to any admission restrictions.
It is usually possible to start the program in the winter or summer semester, but starting in the winter is recommended.

General Information

As an interdisciplinary subject, business informatics is the interface between business administration and computer science. Its tasks include solving business problems by developing and applying suitable information and communication solutions, as well as analyzing new information technologies with regard to their application potential for operational practice. Here the importance of pure hardware and programming knowledge meets that of capabilities for designing IT-based solutions and cooperative implementation in business organizations. Along with the basics of information processing, the study of business informatics therefore imparts business-relevant analytical thinking skills.

Curriculum

After six semesters, the practically oriented study program offers the opportunity for students to acquire a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) qualification for their careers. The program teaches the basic scientific content and methods of the business informatics, computer science and business administration disciplines. With the completion of the bachelor’s degree, the ability to apply the transferred knowledge to the solution of practical business informatics tasks in the professional environment is obtained.

The curriculum of the three-year bachelor’s program involves a total of 180 CP and is divided into the following areas:

– Quantitative Methods (30 CP)
– Business Informatics (30 CP)
– Economics (36 CP)
– Computer Science (39 CP)
– General and interdisciplinary qualifications (12 CP)
– Specialized topics (33 CP)

Sandra Nitschke
Examination Office, Business Informatics
0681 302-3607
Campus B4 4, R. 1.14,
66123 Saarbrücken

Computational Linguistics

Computational linguistics investigates the processing of human language. It combines content and methods from computer science, linguistics and cognitive science, and uses foundations from mathematics such as formal logic and statistics.

Registration

The bachelor’s degree program for computational linguistics is currently not subject to any admission restrictions. At present, it is possible to start the program only in the winter semester. The language of instruction is predominantly German. Some individual courses are taught in English.

General Information

The “Computational Linguistics” bachelor’s degree is an exciting program at the interface of linguistics and computer science. Computational linguistics explores the processing of human language. Its models provide answers to the question of how language works; how language, thinking and communication are related; and how language-understanding systems can be realized on computers. Computational linguistics has become an indispensable part of modern information technology: Search engines, machine translation systems and voice dialog systems are just a few of its numerous fields of application.

Curriculum

The bachelor’s degree in computational linguistics includes examinations totaling 180 credit points (CP) from the following areas:

– Mathematical foundations (25 CP)
– Linguistic foundations (24 CP)
– Computational linguistics (27 CP)
– Computational linguistics seminars and software projects (31 CP)
– Supplementary subject or courses on the structure of a foreign language (24 CP).

Possible supplementary subjects are computer science, cognitive psychology, phonetics, and modern German linguistics. As a language, a non-Indo-European language such as Chinese or Japanese should be selected.

– For electives (30 CP), lectures on computer science, or seminars and lectures on computational linguistics, can be counted toward the requirement. By application, a work placement (8 CP) can be completed.

The study program concludes after 6 semesters with a bachelor’s seminar (7 CP) and thesis (12 CP).

Dr. Stefan Thater
Student Advisory Service Computational Linguistics
+49 681 302 - 4496
Campus C7 2,
66123 Saarbrücken

Cybersecurity

The cybersecurity degree program deals with all aspects of IT security. Starting on the first day, the course of study will provide the basis for a comprehensive understanding of IT security (for example, in the “Foundations of Cybersecurity” lecture). The knowledge imparted in the areas of IT security is complemented by content from the classical computer science area.

Registration

The cybersecurity bachelor’s degree program does not have enrollment restrictions. Enrollment of students from Germany takes place directly at the Saarland University Office of Student Affairs.

The courses of this study program are partly in English starting from the first semester.

General Information

The six-semester bachelor’s program in cybersecurity (Bachelor of Science) includes:

  • – Lectures with exercises on the following fundamental topics of computer science and cybersecurity: Foundations of Cybersecurity 1 and 2, Programming 1 and 2, System Architecture, Cryptography, Security, Information Systems, Theoretical Computer Science, Concurrent Programming, Principles of Algorithms and Datastructures
  • – Lectures with exercises on the mathematical foundations of analysis and linear algebra
  • – Additional elective lectures on cybersecurity
  • – A software practicum in which you create a complex software product as part of a team
  • – A proseminar and a seminar in which you present and discuss research results
  • – A bachelor’s thesis

 

All lectures are designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice. With the bachelor’s degree, you will be able to earn your first professional qualification after six semesters; it is not only scientifically oriented, but also prepares you for practical work in industry and enterprise.

Answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity can be found in our short Study Guide. The legal framework for the study program is available for download in the bachelor’s degree regulations (pdf). You can also read about each of the individual courses of the bachelor’s degree in the course descriptions (pdf).

How it Works

The study program is divided into one-semester courses: lectures, exercises, practica and seminars. Each of the courses has a weight specifed in credit points. These credits describe the actual workload required for a course; a total of 30 credits must be completed per semester. Credit points are standardized across Europe within the framework of the European Credit Transfer System, facilitating the recognition and transfer of study and examination achievements at foreign universities, for example for a semester abroad. The bachelor’s program includes 180 credits (about 94 weekly semester hours and a final thesis). Up to 6 non-graded points can be brought in from language courses.

Every course concludes with a performance assessment – usually a written exam. These performance checks accompany the course of study throughout and when successfully passed, make up the qualifications for the bachelor’s degree. The overall final grade for your degree is the weighted average of these graded examination results. A successful course of study requires not only abstraction skills or mathematical and technical understanding. You also need social skills for project teamwork and the presentation of your results.

Study Guide
Dr. Tanja Breinig
Study Coordination
+49 681 302 58092
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 3, R. 209,
66123 Saarbrücken

Embedded Systems

The new “Embedded Systems” bachelor’s degree program at Saarland University in Saarbrücken concentrates precisely on the areas of computer science necessary for the control of technical systems.

Registration

The Embedded Systems degree program is currently not subject to any admission restrictions. Generally, it is possible to start the program only in the winter semester.

General Information

The study program Embedded Systems was established as of the 2016/17 winter semester and replaces the previous Bachelor of Computer and Communication Technology.

Insulin pumps, dishwashers, DVD recorders, solar panel systems, high-speed trains and modern sewing machines all have something in common: most of them work by incorporating multiple tiny computers. Although they have neither keyboard nor screen, they are controlled by countless programs – experts call them “embedded”. Already today there are more embedded systems than “normal” computers. They just have to be programmed correctly.

Curriculum

This core bachelor’s program comprises a total of 180 CP; it includes 102 CP from specific required modules, including the bachelor’s seminar (9 CP) and thesis (12 CP).

The following modules must be completed in this required area:

– Computer Science Perspectives (2 CP)
– “Higher Mathematics for Engineers 1-3” (can also be replaced by “Mathematics for Computer Scientists 1-3”) (27 CP)
– Introduction to Embedded Systems (6 CP)
– Programming 1 (9 CP)
– Programming 2 (9 CP)
– Foundations of Electrical Engineering 1 (5 CP)
– Software Practicum (9 CP)
– Embedded Systems (9 CP)
– Proseminar (5 CP)

Dr. Tanja Breinig
Study Coordination
+49 681 302 58092
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 3, R. 209,
66123 Saarbrücken

Mathematics and Computer Science

Mathematics forms the foundation for computer science. At the same time, computer science opens up exciting new areas of work for mathematics.

Registration

The study program Mathematics and Computer Science is not expected to be subject to any admission restrictions. Generally it is possible to start the program only in the winter semester.

General Information

How can cars drive themselves independently? How can computers become better than doctors at detecting tumors on X-ray images? How can it be proved that an algorithm is correct?

Many modern issues require well-founded knowledge of both mathematics and computer science. Moreover, mathematics is the basis for computer science, while informatics opens exciting fields of activity for mathematics.

Saarbrücken computer science is known for its emphasis on mathematical fundamentals, and the Department of Mathematics has renowned research groups that solve problems using computers.

For the first time in Germany, the integrated bachelor’s program in mathematics and computer science has created the opportunity to study the foundations of both subjects on an equal basis.

Curriculum

In six semesters, the Bachelor’s program Mathematics and Computer Science teaches the fundamentals of both mathematics and computer science. On the mathematical side this includes analysis, linear algebra, numerics and stochastics. In the field of computer science, in particular the basics of programming, algorithms and data structures as well as theoretical computer science are imparted. This knowledge allows the students to delve into any specialty in both subjects.

Prof. Dr. Peter Ochs
+49 (0)681 302-57355
Saarland Informatics Campus E 1.7, R. R. 409 ,
66123 Saarbrücken

Media Informatics

The Media Informatics degree program at Saarland University combines content from classical computer science studies with the artistic aspects of media design and findings from the psychology of perception. Students will also attend courses at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar (the university of art and design located in Saarbrücken) and the Saarland University Department of Psychology.

Registration

The study program is subject to (local) admission restrictions.

General Information

New mobile devices, which provide high computing power in a small space, open up a wide range of communication methods. In order to use them creatively and to make them as simple as possible for the consumer, knowledge of media informatics is brought to bear. Saarland University is offering a new course of study in this area from the winter semester onwards. It combines content from classical computer science studies with the artistic aspects of media design and findings from the psychology of perception. Students will also attend courses at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar (the university of art and design located in Saarbrücken) and the Saarland University Department of Psychology.

“On the one hand, media informatics specialists must master the theoretical and practical fundamentals of computer science. They should also deal with the design and social issues of digital media, and be interested in how communication between humans and machines can be improved,” says Antonio Krüger. He is a Saarland University professor with a focus on artificial intelligence in commerce, as well as being a researcher at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). Together with the Globus chain, the computer scientist is researching supermarkets of the future and examining how new communication technologies will be able to simplify daily shopping within a few years.

“The findings from this research project can be applied to many other everyday scenarios. Our research not only serves as an illustrative example for media informatics students, but also gives them the opportunity to actively participate in current, practical research,” explains Krüger. As potential employers in the media informatics field, he names multimedia companies, advertising agencies, or software development and telecommunications firms. In addition, media informatics expertise is required by broadcasters and publishers as well as in corporate internal training. “The media informatics study program will include a high degree of practical experience with project work in small teams. In this way, the students will be able to gain an understanding of the professional handling of multimedia technologies, for example in audio and image processing,” says the computer science professor. In addition, the students will also develop skills for critical analysis of the social impact of digital media.

Already during their studies, media informatics students in Saarbrücken can participate in a wide range of research projects. The Department of Computer Science at the university has about 30 professors who investigate a wide range of topics, from computer graphics to software engineering to voice technology. The Cluster of Excellence “Multimodal Computing and Interaction” comprises a further 20 young research groups. In addition, the Max Planck Institutes for Computer Science and Software Systems as well as the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence are located on the university campus.

Curriculum

In the six-semester study program leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree, students learn about digital information processing and the digital communication techniques it requires. They develop an understanding of the principles of digital media and learn how to design, program and implement software.

The content of the course includes foundational courses in computer science, such as software development, theoretical computer science and databases. The necessary knowledge of mathematical laws is also provided through the mathematics courses for computer scientists. In addition, there are courses specifically for media informaticists. The students furthermore attend media psychology courses (in the Saarland University Department of Psychology) as well as Media Art & Design courses at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste in Saarbrücken.

The main focuses of the Media Informatics program are:

– Computer science (about 42%)
– Digital media (about 30%)
– Internships and projects (about 11%)
– Mathematics (about 10%)
– Media psychology (about 7%)

Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger
Artificial Intelligence in Retail
+49 681 85775-5075
Campus D3 4,
66123 Saarbrücken

Teacher Training Program in Computer Science

The subject of computer science can be chosen for teaching positions at the various types of secondary schools in Germany (e.g. vocational schools, high schools, or comprehensive schools).

Registration

All teacher training subjects are currently subject to admission restrictions.

Adequate knowledge of English (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) usually must be shown through school certificates when selecting English-language core or advanced lectures.

General Information

The subject of computer science can be chosen as a general education or vocational subject for the teaching profession at vocational schools (LAB), or as a general education subject for teacher training for the lower and upper secondary levels (LS1 + 2) usually only in combination with mathematics.

Overview of Subjects and Possible Combinations

Curriculum

The teacher training programs include the study of two teaching subjects as well as the study of the subject of educational science.

For computer science as a teacher training subject, the curriculum content includes technical courses which are attended together with the bachelor’s students in computer science, as well as specialized courses in didactics.

Among others, required courses include:

– Programming
– System Architecture
– Fundamentals of Algorithms and Datastructures
– Information Systems
– Concurrent Programming
– Fundamentals of Theoretical Computer Science
– Software Design Practicum
– Didactics of Computer Science

Student Advisory Service
+49 681 302-3513
Campus A4 4,
66123 Saarbrücken

Honors Program

The Honors Program supports particularly talented and motivated students by providing them with particularly intensive support during their scientific education.

What is the Honors Program?

The goal of the Honors Program is to support talented and motivated students with targeted supervision in their scientific training, in particular to enable them to graduate with very strong final grades. In addition, they can complete their degrees one or two semesters more quickly than the usual study period.

How do I get into the program?
  • Students are admitted to the program after the winter semester (which may be the first or second semester in their course of study), at the recommendation of the lecturers. This is based mainly on excellent performance. The head of the Honors Program makes the admissions decisions.
  • Students can also be admitted to the program later, upon request. In addition to a cover letter, the following documents must be submitted: a copy of their Abitur certificate, a complete transcript of their grades, and a short report on their previous studies. The documents can be submitted to Ms. Hornung (Building E1 3, Room 512). The head of the Honors Program decides on admissions in this case as well.
What does the program offer?
  • Every student in the Honors Program is assigned a professor as a mentor. The mentor regularly discusses the student’s level of performance with him or her and gives advice on study planning.
  • At least one special study group is formed for the students in the Honors Program each semester.
  • Through these support activities, we wish to give the students of the program the opportunity to study quickly and very successfully, as well as to get to know the other top students of their year and to work with them.
What is expected of honors students?
  • The students in the Honors Program are expected to graduate very quickly or with excellent grades. An average total grade of 1.3 or better, or an average grade of 1.9 or better while completing at least 35 credits on average per semester, is set as a guideline for students in the Honors Program. The achievements of the participants are reviewed every semester, and it is possible for students to be dropped from the program.
  • Every student in the Honors Program must earn at least 4 credits by leading a tutorial group of a computer science course.
  • In the first week of each semester, each student must arrange for an appointment to meet with their mentor.
  • At the end of each semester, we expect all students in the program to submit a ca. two-page study report, which must include copies of all their grades. The reports must be submitted at the beginning of the next semester (second week of October or April, respectively). One copy should go to the mentor and one to the Study Coordinator.
Prof. Dr. Gert Smolka
Programming Systems
+49 (681) 302-5311
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 3, R. 514,
66123 Saarbrücken

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